Extortion

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Definition: Extortion


Quick Summary of Extortion


The practice of obtaining something, especially money, through force or threats.




What is the dictionary definition of Extortion?

Dictionary Definition


n. obtaining money or property by threat to a victim’s property or loved ones, intimidation, or false claim of a right (such as pretending to be an IRS agent). It is a felony in all states, except that a direct threat to harm the victim is usually treated as the crime of robbery. Blackmail is a form of extortion in which the threat is to expose embarrassing, damaging information to family, friends or the public.

  1. Unjust exaction (as by the misuse of authority).
  2. The felonious act of extorting money (as by threats of violence).
  3. An exorbitant charge.

Examples of Extortion in a sentence


The extortion by dishonest officials of fees for performing their sworn duty.


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Extortion are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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